2023 March – April, A Holy Month of Holy Days

Our panel of 3 faith leaders spoke about Ramadan, Passover, and Easter, at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral, in Lexington.

The panelists are The Very Reverend Carol Wade, the Dean of Christ Church Cathedral; Dr. Shaheed Coovadia, the Imam of Masjid Bilal; and Dr. Raphael Finkel, teacher and prayer leader at Ohavay Zion Synagogue. The moderator is Addison Hosea, Chair of the Steering Committee for CMD.

The video is available at

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2023 January – A Call to Peace-Building

Our 2 speakers told us about, and shared information about the organization’s efforts toward creating community and improving interfaith communication. They spoke enthusiastically about “peace feasts.”

Mr. Martin Brooks is president of PeaceCatalyst. Martin has been with Peace Catalyst since 2011 when he and his wife Susan returned from Turkish Cyprus. Drawing on the teachings and examples of Jesus, Martin has worked with local churches and mosques to create safe spaces to ask questions and build greater trust between Christians and Muslims. He has organized dialogue events, iftar meals and “Peace Feasts” with Palestinians, Syrians, Turks, Pakistanis, Somalis, Kurds, and Iranians.

The Rev. Dr. Lisa Culpepper. Originally from South Carolina, Lisa lives with her husband in Lexington, Kentucky, and serves as the minister at Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church on Iron Works Pike. She has been involved cross-culturally for many years through her travels to Eastern Europe, Syria, and Lebanon. Lisa felt called to peacemaking among Muslims and Christians through personal relationships, education, and community involvement.

YouTube video is found here,

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October 2022 – Changes to Kentucky Voting Laws

The Christian Muslim Dialogue of Lexington ( hosted a program about changes to the Kentucky Voting laws for the upcoming voting cycle on November 8 2022.

Don Blevins, Fayette County Clerk in Lexington Kentucky, spoke about changes in the Kentucky voting laws. He encouraged voters to preview the ballot at He also spoke about how to vote early, and answered questions, including those about electioneering, gerrymandering, and how precinct boundaries are determined.

Dr. Jennifer Jackson, co-president of the Kentucky League of Women Voters ( and, spoke about the League’s history and mission and that its name is a “nod to the past”, and is now oriented toward providing accurate information to all voters. LexTran public transportation is providing free transportation on Nov 8

Jennifer walked through the download and use of the app OutreachCircle, designed to provide accurate voting information, and to encourage friends to vote. She answered questions, including those about election deniers, Voter ID laws, and about the League.
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February 2022: Braver Angels – A Path to Depolarization

Drs. Gary and Sharon Stewart spoke by way of Zoom about Braver Angels and its mission in the US and local efforts of the Kentucky chapters. “Braver Angels is a national grassroots organization that provides participants with these skills through structured workshops, podcasts, debates, skills training, one to one conversations, and film and book discussions. The focus is on divisive political, racial, family, and other contemporary issues (e.g., immigration, abortion, racism)”

A recording of this event can be found at Youtube:

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